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CANCELLED: Physics Colloquium:"The Sounds of Broken Symmetry in Superfluid Helium"

Speaker Professor James Sauls, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University, Evanston Illinois
Date Feb 5, 2014 - Feb 6, 2014
Time 4:00 pm  
Location 141 Loomis
Cost None
Sponsor Physics Department
Contact Marjorie Gamel
Phone 217-333-3762
Event type Physics Colloquium
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Originating Calendar Physics - Colloquium
The concepts of "spontaneous symmetry breaking’’, "generalized rigidity’’, and ``collective modes’’ play an important role in theoretical physics. Indeed much of the phenomenology of condensed matter can be understood in terms of these concepts within the framework of quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics. The story I tell is a synthesis of ideas drawn from hydrodynamics, atomic and optical physics, combined with the dynamical manifestations of spontaneous symmetry breaking in superfluid 3He (the light isotope of Helium). The phenomena I describe include the experimental discovery of transverse current waves ("transverse sound’’) that propagate in the superfluid phase of liquid 3He, and the detection of broken time-reversal symmetry and chiral edge currents in a superfluid film of 3He.
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